Posted at 3:59 PM on September 15, 2008
by Chris Dall
Looks like the wheels are coming off in Milwaukee. Despite the efforts of C.C. Sabathia, who's practically carried the team on his back with his pitching, the Brew Crew look like they're headed for another September flameout. So after losing 11 of their last 14 games and falling into a tie with Philadelphia for the NL Wild Card, the Brewers announced today the firing of Ned Yost. I'm sure the folks who run this web site will be rejoicing.
Nothing says "we have no idea what to do but we've got to do something" more than firing your manager in the stretch of a playoff race. What exactly does it accomplish? And what if it works? I'm not aware of any MLB managers being fired this late in the season with their team in contention. And I'm surprised George Steinbrenner never tried it. Considering what's happened this year, I wonder if the New York Mets wish they had fired Willie Randolph last September. I know I do.
There are precedents in other sports. Back in in 2000, New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello fired coach Robbie Ftorek with 9 games left in the season, despite the fact that the team was headed to the playoffs. The Devils went on to win the Stanley Cup that year. Causation, or just coincidence?